LULA elevators are specially designed elevators engineered for limited use limited applications used mainly in commercial buildings. A LULA elevator is primarily used for installation in existing buildings where it’s not feasible to install a full-size passenger elevator and where a standard pit or overhead clearances are not available. LULA elevators are typically installed in churches, schools, small commercial buildings, lodges, retirement homes, and office spaces.
Standard LULA Specifications
LULA elevators are permitted to travel up to 25 feet, have a standard capacity of 1400 lbs., and have a rated speed of 30 fpm. Additional travel may be permitted with a variance. However, a LULA elevator is generally limited by speed, travel, and capacity to comply with ASME A17.1 Section 5.2. Local code authority may have additional requirements
Cost of a LULA Elevator
LULA elevators can cost the same as passenger elevators and, in some cases, can be even more expensive. The average price of a LULA elevator is $60,000 -$70,000 for a standard 2-stop installation.
Installation of a LULA elevator is a coordinated process between the elevator company, the mason, the electrician, and the general contractor. For example, the masonry shaft can be built on three sides however, the entrance must be built after the elevator is installed in the hoistway and the door frames are set in perfect alignment with the opening of the elevator.
LULA Machine Rooms
The machine room for a LULA elevator will have similar requirements to a regular passenger elevator however, the space needed to fit the control system and drive is usually less.
LULA Elevator video
Quick overview of a LULA elevator with 2-stops and automatic side sliding doors. Cab doors, trim, and cab operating panel are stainless steel. The cab wall color is wild cherry. The interior cab size is 3′-6″ wide x 5′ long. The finished cab height is 6′-8″. The hoistway landing doors have a black baked enamel finish. Total travel is 12′-10″, pit depth is 14″ deep, and clear overhead at the top landing is 9′-6″.